The Call To The Majors: Week Ending July 7th


Brian Handzel | July 8th, 2018

The call to the Majors is one of the most exciting times in a player’s career, right behind actually getting drafted. Not everyone that is called to the Major League is destined to be there, but even if a player is only up for a day, they are still a Major League Baseball player for the rest of their lives, and no one can take that away from them.

On June 30 there were a total of 11 call-ups. Both Jimmy Sherfy of the Diamondbacks, and Giovanny Gallegos of the Yankees, are players that have already been called up multiple times this season. Mark Leiter, a pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies organization may sound familiar. Baseball fans most likely know the name because of his uncle, Al Leiter. His father, Mark Leiter also played 11 seasons in the Majors from 1990-2001.


July 1st saw seven call-ups. Dillon Maples is another pitcher who has been making the journey back and forth between the Iowa Cubs and the Chicago Cubs. This season Maples has a 16.88 ERA in 2 games. He has pitched 2.2 innings allowed 5 earned runs with a WHIP of 2.63.

Ten players got a phone call on July 2nd to join their Major League club. Another day, and another instance of multiple players being called up, not for the first time. Evan Phillips was promoted to Atlanta for the second time in 3 weeks. Phillips still has not made an appearance in the majors despite being called up twice. In Triple-A this season Phillips has posted a 4-4 record with a 2.09 ERA in 29 games while posting a WHIP of 1.06.


Lourdes Gurriel, once again, got called up for the third time in three weeks. In Triple and Double-A this season Gurriel is posting a slash line of .299/.368/.467 with an OPS of .835 in 46 games.

Zach Littell had an interesting day on Monday when he got promoted to the Major Leagues just to be sent down in the same day. In his relief appearance for the Twins, Littell walked a batter and ended up walking in the winning run in the loss to the Brewers.

Twelve phone calls were made just ahead of Independence Day for players to come up to the Major Leagues. Again, there were multiple players that were called up to the show, not to the first time in their careers. Yefry Ramirez made the trip again from Norfolk to Baltimore. While up in Baltimore Ramirez has appeared in two games, suffering the loss in one of those, posting a 2.51 ERA in 14.1 innings pitched. Ramirez has allowed four earned runs on eight hits while striking out 13 and walking only four.

Tim Federowicz has also been called up this week, not for the first time. He isn’t on the disabled list yet, but Federowicz was called up because Brian McCann may be headed to the list after getting hit earlier in the week. Federowicz has played in three games this season while batting .263/.300/.421 with a .721 OPS. For his career, which has totaled 122 games since 2011 Federowicz has posted a batting line that is suboptimal, hitting .200/.249/.314 with a .563OPS.


Eduardo Paredes has also made the trip multiple times this season, and this week he actually got called up and sent down in the same day without throwing a single pitch. So far this season with the Angles, Paredes has played in 13 games posting an abysmal 7.71 ERA in 16.1 innings pitched. Paredes has allowed 14 runs on 25 hits while striking out 13 and walking 6.

The Fourth of July is usually a day off for most professions, that is certainly not the case for baseball players, especially the 17 who were called up today.  Ryan Weber is the latest addition to the players to get the call to the Majors just to be sent back down in the same day. Weber at least got to participate in the game, going 5 innings after the Ray’s “opener” went two innings to start the game. Weber allowed two runs on four hits while striking out 1 and walking 1. Weber got credited with the loss before he got sent back to Triple-A Durham.

Jabari Blash returned to the Angels roster on Wednesday. This season for the Angels Blash has played in 7 games batting .111/.238/.111 with a .349 OPS. These numbers are bad, especially compared to his career numbers of .194/.317/.320 with a .637 OPS. These abysmal numbers could be due to a lack of playing time.

July 5th was a slow day for calls ups, with only a total of five players making the trip. Today, there are two players that have been to the Majors before, so this trip isn’t as exciting for them anymore. Ben Meyers, the pitcher in the Marlins organization and Ricardo Rodriguez, the pitcher in the Rangers organization.

David Freitas got the call up to Seattle today, and you can see why when you look at his numbers. In 12 games down in Triple-A Tacoma Freitas is batting .395/.458/.488/.947 while only striking out four times.

On July 6thDilson Herrera made his MLB debut on August 29, 2014, but has been playing most of his time in the Minors. This season he has split most of his time between Single-A Dayton and Triple-A Louisville. In 71 total games in the Minors this season, Herrera is batting .297/.365/.454/.818.

Tyler Wade is another player made his MLB debut in a previous season (2017) but has spent most of his time down in the Minors. Wade has played a total of 44 games in the Majors and 588 games in the Minors. At Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre this season Wade has played in 64 games batting .271/.332/.376/.708. In essence, the only reason Wade has made the trip up to the Bronx is due to the injury to Gleyber Torres.

On the last day of the week, we saw a player make his MLB debut. Kyle Tucker was called up for the first time in his career and made his Major League debut today! Tucker was tucked into the 7 spot in the lineup and started in left field. In his debut, Tucker went one for four with one walk and three strikeouts.

Alex McRae got called up to the majors for the first time in his career. He has yet to play in a Major League game yet though. So far this season in Triple-A Indianapolis, McRae has a 3-7 record with a 4.61 ERA in 84 innings pitched. In those 84 innings, he has also struck out 80 while walking 39.

So fans, that’s the call to the Majors for the week ending on July 7. Now go out there, get that hidden gem on your fantasy team, and dominate your league! Check my Twitter page @HandzelSports for the latest important Calls To The Majors! Full chart below:

June 30
Player Position From Team To Team
Jimmy Sherfy Pitcher Reno (AAA) Arizona (MLB)
Max Fried Pitcher Gwinnett (AAA) Atlanta (MLB)
Raimel Tapia Outfielder Albuquerque (AAA) Colorado (MLB)
JT Chargois Pitcher Oklahoma City (AAA) Los Angeles (NL) (MLB)
Kaleb Cowart INF Salt Lake (AAA) Los Angeles (AL) (MLB)
Pablo Lopez Pitcher New Orleans (AAA) Miami (MLB)
Adalberto Mejia Pitcher Rochester (AAA) Minnesota (MLB)
Giovanny Gallegos Pitcher Scranton/Wilkes Barre(AAA) New York (AL) (MLB)
Mark Leiter Pitcher Leigh Valley (AAA) Philadelphia (MLB)
Hunter Wood Pitcher Durham (AAA) Tampa Bay (MLB)
Jake Petricka Pitcher Buffalo (AAA) Toronto (MLB)
July 01
Player Position From Team To Team
Silvino Bracho Pitcher Reno (AAA) Arizona (MLB)
Dillon Maples Pitcher Iowa (AAA) Chicago (NL) (MLB)
Marc Rzepczynski Pitcher Columbus (AAA) Cleveland (MLB)
Aaron Wilkerson Pitcher Colorado Springs (AAA) Milwaukee (MLB)
David Hale Pitcher Scranton/Wilkes Barre(AAA) New York (AL) (MLB)
Jake Thompson Pitcher Leigh Valley (AAA) Philadelphia (MLB)
Carlos Asuaje INF El Paso (AAA) San Diego (MLB)
July 02
Player Position From Team To Team
Joey Krehbiel Pitcher Reno (AAA) Arizona (MLB)
Evan Phillips Pitcher Gwinnett (AAA) Atlanta (MLB)
Michael Reed Outfielder Gwinnett (AAA) Atlanta (MLB)
William Cuevas Pitcher Pawtucket (AAA) Boston (MLB)
Jim Adduci Outfielder Toledo (AAA) Detroit (MLB)
Mikie Mahtook Outfielder Toledo (AAA) Detroit (MLB)
Zach Littell Pitcher Rochester (AAA) Minnesota (MLB)
Nate Orf INF/OF Colorado Springs (AAA) Milwaukee (MLB)
Tyler O’Neill Outfielder Memphis (AAA) St Louis (MLB)
Lourdes Gurriel INF Buffalo (AAA) Toronto (MLB)
July 03
Player Position From Team To Team
Tim Federowicz Pitcher Fresno (AAA) Houston (MLB)
Gabriel Moya Pitcher Rochester (AAA) Minnesota (MLB)
Joey Rickard Outfielder Norfolk (AAA) Baltimore (MLB)
Yefry Ramirez Pitcher Norfolk (AAA) Baltimore (MLB)
Greg Allen Outfielder Columbus (AAA) Cleveland (MLB)
Antono Senzatela Pitcher Albuquerque (AAA) Colorado (MLB)
Tim Federowicz Catcher Fresno (AAA) Houston (MLB)
Miguel Almonte Pitcher Salt Lake (AAA) Los Angeles (AL) (MLB)
Eduardo Paredes Pitcher Salt Lake (AAA) Los Angeles (AL) (MLB)
Gabriel Moya Pitcher Rochester (AAA) Minnesota (MLB)
Dovydas Neverauskas Pitcher Indianapolis (AAA) Pittsburg (MLB)
Colten Brewer Pitcher El Paso (AAA) San Diego (MLB)
July 04
Player Position From Team To Team
Luiz Gohara Pitcher Gwinnett (AAA) Atlanta (MLB)
Victor Caratini Catcher Iowa (AAA) Chicago (NL) (MLB)
Cody Reed Pitcher Louisville (AAA) Cincinnati (MLB)
Tanner Rainey Pitcher Louisville (AAA) Cincinnati (MLB)
Trevor Oaks Pitcher Omaha (AAA) Kansas City (MLB)
Jabari Blash Outfielder Salt Lake (AAA) Los Angeles (AL) (MLB)
Deck McGuire Pitcher Salt Lake (AAA) Los Angeles (AL) (MLB)
Dillon Peters Pitcher New Orleans (AAA) Miami (MLB)
Aaron Slegers Pitcher Rochester (AAA) Minnesota (MLB)
Josh Smoker Pitcher Indianapolis (AAA) Pittsburg (MLB)
Luis Perdomo Pitcher El Paso (AAA) San Diego (MLB)
Kelby Tomlinson INF Sacramento (AAA) San Francisco (MLB)
Ryan Weber Pitcher Durham (AAA) Tampa Bay (MLB)
Andrew Kittredge Pitcher Durham (AAA) Tampa Bay (MLB)
Chris Martin Pitcher Round Rock (AAA) Texas (MLB)
Rhiner Cruz Pitcher Buffalo (AAA) Toronto (MLB)
Luis Santos Pitcher Buffalo (AAA) Toronto (MLB)
July 05
Player Position From Team To Team
Silvino Bracho Pitcher Reno (AAA) Arizona (MLB)
Ben Meyer Pitcher New Orleans (AAA) Miami (MLB)
David Freitas Catcher Tacoma (AAA) Seattle (MLB)
Ricardo Rodriguez Pitcher Round Rock (AAA) Texas (MLB)
Jefry Rodriguez Pitcher Syracuse (AAA) Washington (MLB)
July 06
Player Position From Team To Team
Evan Phillips Pitcher Gwinnett (AAA) Atlanta (MLB)
Dilson Herrera 2nd Basemen Louisville (AAA) Cincinnati (MLB)
Oliver Drake Pitcher Salt Lake (AAA) Los Angeles (AL) (MLB)
Aaron Wilkerson Pitcher Colorado Springs (AAA) Milwaukee (MLB)
Paul Sewald Pitcher Las Vegas (AAA) New York (NL) (MLB)
Tyler Wade INF/OF Scranton/Wilkes Barre(AAA) New York (AL) (MLB)
July 07
Player Position From Team To Team
Jordan Patterson 1B/OF Albuquerque (AAA) Colorado (MLB)
Jerry Vasto Pitcher Albuquerque (AAA) Colorado (MLB)
Kyle Tucker Outfielder Fresno (AAA) Houston (MLB)
Pat Vedditte Pitcher Oklahoma City (AAA) Los Angeles (NL) (MLB)
Jorge Lopez Pitcher Colorado Springs (AAA) Milwaukee (MLB)
Clint Frazier Outfielder Scranton/Wilkes Barre(AAA) New York (AL) (MLB)
Nick Martini Outfielder Sacramento (AAA) Oakland (MLB)
Alex McRae Pitcher Indianapolis (AAA) Pittsburg (MLB)
Kazuhisa Makita Pitcher El Paso (AAA) San Diego (MLB)
John Anderoli Outfielder Tacoma (AAA) Seattle (MLB)
Chase d’Arnaud Shortstop Sacramento (AAA) San Francisco (MLB)

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